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>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." military commanders from south korea and the united states are trying to show they're ready for anything. they are holding a joint drill on the heels of north korea's underground nuclear test. both countries are warning authorities in pyongyang against further provocations. south korean defense officials say air force troops from the two countries are conducting a drill using f-16 fighter jets. the pilots are preparing for possible aerial combat and air raids on north korea. south korean navy commanders say they are holding ameritime mobility exercise involving 20 naval ships. army officers say they are also planning to conduct a shelling drill this week. defense officials in seoul have somehowed off a key part of their military's fire power. they released video of the newly-deployed cruise missile. the 50-second clip shows the weapons hit targets after being fired from a destroyer and a submarine. >> translator: the military is releasing the footage to ease public anxiety by showing south korea is fully equipped to deal with the north korea'
>>> setting sail. park geun-hye has been inaugust rated as president of south korea. she's the first woman to lead the country. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." tens of thousands of people have gathered together in seoul to witness history. they witnessed park geun-hye become president of south korea. a job her father once held. she vowed to boost the economy and address the challenges presented by north korea. nhk world anna jung reports. ♪ >> reporter: the inauguration ceremony began with a variety of festivities. one of the more recognizable performers was the latest star, psi. he became a global sensation because of his song and video, gangnam style. ♪ park geun-hye appeared nearly two hours into the ceremony. she laid out the vision and goals of her administration. south korea developed quickly under her father. it was dubbed the miracle on the han river. park pledged to make a second miracle on the han river. >> translator: the new administration will usher in a new era of hope, premised on a revitalizing economy, the happiness of our people and the blossomi
>> a powerful alliance ash the united states and south korea show off their joint -- alliance, the united states and south korea show off their joint military force. hello and welcome to al jazeera, live from doha. these are the other top stories. political battles in koran as the president accuses the parliamentary speaker of corruption. -- in here and -- in iran as the president accuses the parliamentary speaker and his brother of corruption. researchers say they have found the remains of england's infamous richard iii. tension is growing on the korean peninsula. in south korea, the president has called for preparations against a threatened nuclear test by north korea. south korea has also started a joint military exercise with the u.s. navy. the drills are being conducted off of south korea's east coast. we have more from seoul. it is an exercise that has been months in the planning. -- >> it is an exercise that has been months in the planning. a third nuclear test could lead the us and south korea to plan for a preemptive strike against the north in the future to prevent a
community." the u.s. ambassador to south korea also condemned the nuclear test. >> this is a very provocative act that undermines a regional peace and stability. and i think it would be critical for us to chordate closely with our colleagues in south korea moving forward. >> today's nuclear test is north korea's first since leader kim jong un took power in december 2011 following the death of his father, kim jong il. for more we're joined by independent journalist tim shorrock. he grew up partly in south korea. his most recent book is, "spies for hire: the secret world of intelligence outsourcing." the significance of this nuclear test? >> i think the significance is the state the right from the no. 3 in federal agency which is this test is aimed at stey of td states. i think for the last couple months and in the next couple of weeks, the increasingly have been focused on the role of the united states, the role of the united states military in south korea and the whole asian region. and they have been talking a lot about these massive war games the united states and south korea th
in taking firm action in response to these threats. south korea has reacted with a direct threat to the north. their defense ministry says they have deployed a number of missiles which could strike anywhere in north korea. more now from harry, in the south korean capital. >> dr. bir reaffirmed on wednesday that it's ready for whatever north korea might throw at it. they said the military was on high alert and could counter any type of artillery attack or infiltration attack or attack on key national assets for. there was also a direct message to north korea about the scale of south korean military capability and the type of capability it is seeking. it said a ballistic air missile defense shield was being planned beyond the current capability a cult patriot missiles of -- capabilities of patriot missiles of north korea -- of south korea and of the u.s. south korea would be able to strike anywhere in north korea from anywhere in south korea. he also spoke about a domestically produced cruise missile with world-class position. such a missile was announced last april. he says now h
about how during the korean war the north koreans came across the border into south korea and they were looking for people that could help them build their infrastructure so they took them into north korea. i often tell my gratalk to my grandmother go the story she has never seen or heard from her brother since. >> the country has been a living hell for millions. >> the famine of the late 1990s killed more than a tenth of the population of north korea. >> we estimate 2-3 north koreans starved. >> we hear stories of people starving to death people eating tree bark to survive. in the worst case scenario the stories of cannibalism. >> it has gotten better than worse but it has always been terrible. >> the dynasty continues today with kim jong unthe spitting image of his grandfather. >> one of the first acts is the shoot to kill order. >> i think he is tear fied of revolt. >> if you are sent back from china into north korea what could happen to you? >> the punishmhmhmhmhmhmhm the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone but
the korean war the north koreans came across the border into south korea and they were looking for people that could help them build their infrastructure so they took them into north korea. i often tell my gratalk to my grandmother go the story she has never seen or heard from her brother since. >> the country has been a living hell for millions. >> the famine of the late 1990s killed more than a tenth of the population of north korea. >> we estimate 2-3 north koreans starved. >> we hear stories of people starving to death people eating tree bark to survive. in the worst case scenario the stories of cannibalism. >> it has gotten better than worse but it has always been terrible. >> the dynasty continues today with kim jong unthe spitting image of his grandfather. >> one of the first acts is the shoot to kill order. >> i think he is tear fied of revolt. >> if you are sent back from china into north korea what could happen to you? >> the punishmhmhmhmhmhmhm the capital one cash rewards card gives you 1% cash back on all purchases, plus a 50% annual bonus. and everyone but her likes 50% more
>> protests in south korea after the north carries out its third nuclear bomb test. hello. this is al jazeera from in doha. catholics are taking in the news of the pope's resignation and looking into who might be the next leader. provides food for millions of people. a huge mission and cleanup of the world's oceans. an historic moment in kenya. the first presidetelevised presidential debate. we will bring you all the highlights. north korea has tested a nuclear bomb. experts believe the blast was twice as careful as previous tests 2009. the first signs of the underground detonation came when a man made earthquake was detected in and around the test site. the u.s. geological survey measured magnitude 4.9, considerably more powerful than previous tests. leaders have condemned it. and there are protests in south korea. they have the north korean flag and pictures of the leader of north korea, kim john thune. >> this remote mountain range in northern north korea for weeks has been under scrutiny. on tuesday the wait was over. pyeongchang said it carried out a test of a miniatu
peace and security on the korean peninsula with a special envoy from south korea. he said china continues to maintain that eliminating nuclear arms and prevents perforations of mass weapons. >> translator: china should be tougher on north korea. nuclear weapons are deadly. i think we should solve this problem by imposing diplomatic sanctions. >> translator: china is too lenient on north korea. our national security and interests are at stake. we should stand more firmly against the north koreans. >> reporter: but many of china's newspapers took relatively cautious positions on the issue. one called for tightening sanctions against the north. china has not shared close ties with its neighbor, but now that china has achieved the world's second largest gdp, it's got priorities to maintain steady economic growth. tensions created by north korea's nuclear program could threaten that goal. >> we spoke with our reporter in beijing and asked how china is reacting. >> chinese officials seem stunned and bitter. a chinese expert on security issues explains. >> translator: right up to the l
up on this program, history in the making. south korea gets its first female president. thousands turn out for her swearing in. >> anger and pessimist mism in italy -- pesimism in italy. >> protests in the west bank after a prisoner dies in israeli custody. palestinians say he was tortured. fidel castro makes a rare public appearance in cuba despite the concerns he plans to retire. and red carpet ready. hollywood's biggest name for the most unpredictable oscars in the earth. >> we begin in south korea for the inauguration of the country's first female president has gun in seoul. you're looking at live pictures in the ceremony. there's increasing tension with north korea as she begins a five-year term. she'll also have to deal with the economic worries as the gap between the rich and the poor in south korea grows larger. harry foster is live in the capital. harry, what's been happening there? >> well, just many the last couple of minutes, pa krving enay has arrived here. as you can see tens of thousands have gathered here to watch her inauguration. it's standing room only. the nati
will give them no reward. this is no regional matter. we should work with the u.s., south korea, and others to stop them from seeking those ambitions. if you look at the lapel of my jacket, i put on a blue ribbon to remind myself each and every day that i must bring back the japanese people that north korea has objected. among banharn was a girl -- among them was a girl who was only 13. that is the reason why behind human rights, japan must stay strong. for the economy and also for national defense. let me tell you that japan must be here as well. to increase for the first time in many years, the budget for homeland defense. today, here, with you and all of my distinct friends and guests, i make a pledge. i will get back a strong japan. we will do more good for the betterment of the world. [applause] japanese borders have given me a renewed ability as prime minister to turn my tasks in to reality. each morning, a wake-up with tremendous responsibility. something called abenomics. i did not coin the word. this is the name for my economic supply. in japan, inflation has gone on for more than
and he said they would help north korea achieve what he called final victory. >>> south korean defense ministry officials say they remain on alert for the possibility of another nuclear test by north korea. spokesperson said the north has been preparing for a nuclear test at a tunnel in addition to the western one that was used on tuesday. kim said the entrance of the western tunnel appears to be intact after the underground explosion. he explained no radioactive materials have been detected because the tunnel had containment walls. >>> south korea's outgoing president has provided insight into talks he's had with chinese leaders about security on the korean peninsula should reunification ever happen. ba he spoke to editors at the newspaper. he said that chinese officials have for the past several years suggested south korea should not consider they are completely on north korea's side. analysts say the remarks of chinese leaders are distancing themselves from authorities in pyongyang. he said the two koreas could be reunited because of what he called a contingency in north korea. he s
these refugees are facing. >> south korea will inaugurate its first female president on monday. the country recently ranked in the bottom third of a global list on jend ear quality. but now there are hopes that things might improve. >> she believes her five-year president shi could inspire a change in the way women are treated in south korea. >> if a leader is elected, then the ghost of the leader is spread through every level of society. and there will be a very unintentional, very natural change. >> the president elect is promising practical measures too like free child care for under fives. she gave up work after the birth of her first child. 96% of women who stop work cite marriage or child care as the reason. >> some companies won't even give you an interview if you're married. people don't like working with married women because family commitments mean they have to leave early or come in late. >> she wants to return to her job as a hair dresser but with another child on the way she's skeptical that free child care will actually be free. nurse rizz charge up to $300 a month in extras f
is up 1.. let's see how other asian markets are opening. >>> south korea's new president park kunei will be inaugerated on monday and will deliver a speech to the nation. the focus is how she'll mention policies to deal with dramatic issues. park officially became south korea's president on midnight on monday. the ringing of a bell in seoul marked oet fishl start of her presidency. her inauguration ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. local time. she will make a speech in front of about 70,000 people. park will show her determination to solve economic problems the country faces. close attention will be paid to mention of diplomatic issues with both japan and north korea. south korea's ties with japan have deteriorated because of a dispute of which nation has sovereignty of the islands. they are claimed by south korea but owned by japan. >>> after the swearing-in ceremony, park will meet delegations from other countries, including one from japan's deputy prime minister aso. the people who have interests in japan have run into some financial trouble. they've been unable to pay their debt
the north koreans came across the border into south korea. they were looking for people that could help them build their infrastructu infrastructure. i asked my grandmother about the story to talk about they never heard from or seen her brother since. >> the country has been a living hell for millions. >> the famine of the late 1990s filled more than a tenth of the population in north korea. >> we have 2-3 until north korean stars. >> we hear stories of people starving to death, people eating tree bark to survive. the worse case scenario are the stories of cannibalism. >> it has gotten better and worse and better and worse since then but it has always been terrible. >> the dynasty conditions today with kim junk unthe spitti -- k ju jung-unthe spitting image of his grandfather. >> if you were sent back from china to north korea what could happen to you? >> the punishment is death. this is america. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get hea
koreans came across the border into south korea. they were looking for people that could help them build their infrastructu infrastructure. i asked my grandmother about the story to talk about they never heard from or seen her brother since. >> the country has been a living hell for millions. >> the famine of the late 1990s filled more than a tenth of the population in north korea. >> we have 2-3 until north korean stars. >> we hear stories of people starving to death, people eating tree bark to survive. the worse case scenario are the stories of cannibalism. >> it has gotten better and worse and better and worse since then but it has always been terrible. >> the dynasty conditions today with kim junk unthe spitti -- k ju jung-unthe spitting image of his grandfather. >> if you were sent back from china to north korea what could happen to you? >> the punishment is death. this is america. we don't let frequent heartburn come between us and what we love. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day afr day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn
. officials have confirmed seismic activity in north korea. south korea says it detected what it called an artificial earthquake north of its border. the tremor, though, was different from what you might consider to be a normal earthquake. no further information at this stage is known. there's no official confirmation coming from anyone, least of all from pyongyang. north korea as we've been telling you, widely expecting to carry out this nuclear test any day now. pyongyang is expecting to stage a high intensity -- we have anna koran standing by in seoul, south korea, we also have alex in tokyo. let's go to anna koran, who is in seoul for us right now. anna, you're on military maneuvers just a few days ago, with the south koreans and u.s. military there. there is a great deal of preparation in south korea for this event. essentially, given what's happened, what can the south koreans do right now? >> as we discussed yesterday, this is very much a waiting game. the test we presume has happened. that is what the seismic disturbance is. 4.9 magnitude quake with a depth of one kilometer. tha
>>> high alert. south korea has details on the north's underground nuclear test site. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". government security analysts in asia say it's noter of if but when. and so they are examining every possible angle ahead of a possible underground nuclear test in north korea. officials in pyongyang say it's coming. south korean officials released what they think is the blueprint for the test site. they found the information in a north korean documentary they obtained. the piece aired on state-run tv in september 2010. they say it shows the blueprint of the tunnel used in the second nuclear test at north korea's test site in 2009. the photo shows the tunnel stretching horizontally from its entrance on the left of the screen. it then goes into a spiral and a nuclear device is believed to be housed at the end. the tunnel appears to have nine gates designed to seal in gas. south korean defense ministry representatives say radioactive material leaked during the north's first nuclear test in 2006, they believe that may have prompted officials in pyongyang to dig be
willingness to improve ties with china and south korea but he urged chinese leaders to use restraint over a territorial dispute involving islands japan controls in the east china sea. he said the use of force to change the current situation will accomplish nothing. the prime minister said he hopes to strengthen ties with russia by visiting the country later this year. he said the relationship has great potential. abe said it's unacceptable that north korean authorities went ahead with their recent nuclear test. he said he will work with other countries to deal harshly with them. the prime minister spent his first two months in office focused on jump starting the economy. he's betting his pick for the next bank of japan governor will push his agenda forward. haruhiko kuroda has been nominated as the nominee. he's president of the asian development bank. kuroda was once a senior finance ministry official. the 68-year-old has head of the adb since 2005. it approved by the diet, he will take over the boj post. the prime minister put forward the names of the two deputy governors. they are gaku
's strong words gave agencies in south korea and other countries another reason to stay on high alert in anticipation of a third nuclear test. kengo, nhk world, tokyo. >>> we also spoke with professor, a specialist on north korea at the university shizouka. >> north korea has some mixed reensz why they conducted this time the nuclear test. one is, of course, a domestic concern. the other is foreign concern. on domestic kim jong un, new leader needs more popular support to enhance his base so it means he may be -- maybe he hopes to shore up his toughness or strong attitude toward the u.s., very hostile the policy, so therefore this is one of the reasons. the other is, of course, they hope to send some signal to the u.s. to restart some negotiatio negotiations. so i think it's quite intentionally north korea pick such a date -- i mean, just a day before barack obama's. quite sure barack obama were to include condemnation of north korean nuclear test to his speech, so it means quite hard for pyongyang to see there's some very strong repercussion from the u.s., but, in other words -- on t
sanctions against north korea? >> reporter: well, the u.s., along with south korea, australia, and european members are all for tougher sanctions. these may include tightening the noose on north korea's financial institutions and weapons trading. it is not clear how china, the north's only major ally, will react to the proposed tougher measures, as china has resisted these in the past. recently, beijing seems to be increasingly frustrated with north korea's new leader. when north korea launched a long-range missile in december, china initially opposed the idea of sanctioning in north korea, but china ended up supporting the move after negotiating with the u.s. some diplomats point out that china decided that compromising with the u.s. would benefit the country more in the long run instead of defending north korea. u.n. secretary-general ban ki moon said today that the nuclear test is a direct challenge to the security council, and it is absolutely essential that the council act and speak with one voice. we will have to see what happens in the process of consultations among members, especial
. even the only major ally china is expecting from opposition. from south korea, and david reports. >> in an isolated paranoid nation this was hailed as a moment of national pride. >> this proves how great our military is, even if millions of enemies is half as we will win. - attack us we will one. >> this was about half as a parable of the atom -- powerful of the atom bombs america dropped on japan. last december, north korea put a satellite into orbit. it was in defiance of u.n. resolutions and marked a major step in its reocket technology. they say they have made a nuclear bomb that may be small of to mount on the rocket. kim jong-un is barely 30 years old. some thought he might bring change to this port country. he seems to have decided nuclear bombs, not economic reform, is what will guarantee the survival of his regime. the korean peninsula was divided by war 60 years ago. south koreans reach beyond the dreams of northerners have grown used to protect and have shut them off. north korea has managed to militarize their nuclear weapons. the implications are far reaching and wil
military exercise conducted off south korea's eastern coast. a nuclear submarine has been deployed for the drill. north korea appears to be preparing for the third nuclear test at the poongkye-ri test site in the country's northeast. meanwhile, the north has announced its leadership meetings. normally these are never reported internationally. observers say north korean leaders are raising tensions to pressure the united states to hold direct talks. >>> french forces have taken control of the last stronghold in northern mali held by islamist insurgents. they moved into the west african country last month to help the government stop a rebel offensive. the defense minister said french forces and soldiers from chad had secured the city of kidal. jean-yves le drian said they killed hundreds of insurgents. malian forces have detained several rebel leaders. le drian said the operation will continue until the malian government controls all of its territory. then he said the french would hand over the mission to units from african countries. french foreign minister laurent fabeu said he wou
in geneva. delegates from south korea and the netherlands had criticized the latest nuclear test. the representative from seoul urged the north koreans to halt their nuclear program, saying it's damaging stability on the korean peninsula. the north korean diplomat said authorities there want to bolster their defenses against a possible invasion. his remarks dre immediate criticism. a british delegate said the comments were inappropriate for a conference on disarmament. >>> analysts at a u.s. cyber security firm are accusing the chinese military of conducting cyber espionage on american corporations. they say one military unit stole data from more than 100 companies. virginia-based firm mandiant released a report identifying the people's liberation army. the analysts say employees of one unit have attacked at least 141 organizations over the past seveyears. they say they believe the hackers are based in shanghai. a chinese foreign ministry spokesperson strongly denied the allegations. >> translator: the criticism is irresponsible and unprofessional. it does not help in resolving t
female president in south korea has been sworn in in a ceremony in seoul. she called on north korea to stop wasting its resources on military weapons. >> in the tens of thousands they streamed into the square ahead of the national assembly for the swearing in of their first female president. ♪ she was still in her home, from the southern section, but the bigger applause was reserved for the new president, who formally took the oath of office. she has been part of south korean public life for most of her own. as the daughter of a late military dictator, she acted as first lady after her mother was killed by an assassin targeting her father, who himself was killed by his security chief five years later. he ruled over a period of dizzying economic growth and gramm repression. she laid out the kind of country she wanted to help build in her five-year term. >> we need to work together towards a new era of hope so that we can all become partners, meaningful in a new chapter. >> it was a central platform in her campaign to make sure that a wider section of society benefited from the mira
high. let's take a look at other markets in the asia pacific. south korea's kospi down a thirthird of a percent. let's see what's going in australia. it's down to 5,018. we'll see where other markets take us as they open in next hour. japan's prime minister abe has made his choice for the new bank of japan leader. looks like many leaders of the oppotion party of japan wi goalong with it. kuroda is the chief of the asian development bank. abe is planning to present his nominees to the diet for approval by the end of this week. the government needs support from opposition parties. some members have expressed concerns. they say signing off on his appointment could be construed as approving the there isn't much doubt about his ability. some say there's not much mileage in continuing its opposition because his no, ma'am nominees are being received vorly.o, ma'am nominees are being received favorly., ma'am nominees are being received favorly. ma'am nominees are being received favorly.ma'am nominees are being received favorly.a'am nominees are being received favorly.'am nominees are being
. >> a lot of cynicism out there about this succession. >>> coming up -- >> south korea making history today. the first woman president taking office. >>> and the movie "argo" won best picture at the academy awards. we'll introduce you to the people the film is fuactually based on. on in 5! [ female announcer ] it works as hard as you do... to outlast your day. [ man ] action! wow! [ female announcer ] secret outlast clear gel is better than the next leading invisible solid on white marks. secret outlast clear gel. you know how painful heartburn can be. for fast, long lasting relief, use doctor recommended gaviscon®. only gaviscon® forms a protective barrier that helps block stomach acid from splashing up- relieving the pain quickly. try fast, long lasting gaviscon®. relieving the pain quickly. they're coming. yeah. british. later. sorry. ok...four words...black monkey? a baboon? hot stew saturday!? ronny: hey jimmy, how happy are folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico? jimmy: happier than paul revere with a cell phone. ronny: why not? anncr: get happy. get geico. fifteen m
urged pyongyang to stop before it makes matters worse. >> tensions are high in south korea. protesters denounced north korea's nuclear tests. north korean state media claim the country had exploded a more powerful bomb than it had been able to build a earlier. diplomats at the united nations security council emergency meeting also expressed alarm. >> countries around the world, including every member of this security council, agreed that this test was an extremely regrettable act that further undermines international peace and security. >> many countries will likely impose new sanctions against north korea, but observers say that china has the most leverage. >> for china, it will depend on showing that north korea has gone too far this time and it will not go without consequences for the north korean-chinese relationship. i expect that china will also decide on painful sanctions for north korea. >> china is north korea's protector, but p'yongyang carried out the nuclear test not far from the countries shared border. the testing ground is in the northeast of the country, the same locati
with breaking news. u.s. and south korean warships are conducting naval exercises as tensions with north korea rises. south korean officials confirming that a three-day drill is under way right now off the coast of the korean peninsula. pyongyang calls it preparation for a preemptive strike on their country while south korea says it was planned before the north threatened do its third nuclear test. the u.s. and south korea believe the north's december rocket launch was a missile test. meanwhile, pyongyang denies it. angie goff, news 4. >>> developing news out of mexico where the death toll continues to rise after an explosion. officials are reporting 36 casualties there. the attorney general in mexico says it's still too early to determine whether that blast was due to an attack, an accident or negligence. results from an investigation expected any day now. the pmx building in mexico is the second largest skyscraper there. >>> police if texas say the man suspected of killing a former navy seal was an iraq war veteran. eddie ralph served in the marines from 2006 until 2010. he's currently on re
korea. south korean commanders will take charge of what's called a map exercise. that's where a military situation is laid out on a map and then solved. the allies have never before performed this exercise together. it's used to check the chain of command. u.s. military leaders plan to transfer control to south korean forces during emergencies on the peninsula starting in 2015. the two months of drills will include field combat and transport training. defense officials want to enhance the mobility of air, ground and naval forces. about 10,000 u.s. soldiers are expected to take part, some of them will come -- or will be coming from outside south korea. >>> u.s. computer security experts have linked the chinese military to cyber attacks on american firms. they say they have broken through fire walls and stolen trade secrets but chinese leaders insist they are not to blame. michio kijima reports. >> reporter: hackers have more in u.s. firms and have hit a range of targets including air space, energy and information technology companies. some are household names such as apple, facebook and t
virtually every time you come on. any hope that north and south korea will ever unite like germany? guest: there is always a hope that it will happen. there's a mindset that the current division of the peninsula was something that was artificially done and in the end of the two will unite. it will be much more difficult than germany. the income gap is much wider in north and south than the war in east and west germany. it will be harder, but at the same time, i think it is something that will eventually happen. host: what about the obama's policy towards north korea? has it been working? guest: they wanted to carry on the work that the previous administration had accomplished in terms of the agreement, but then they turned around in april-may 2009 and greeted the president with a ballistic missile test and a nuclear test. then the administration was hands-off. they have a policy of strategic patients showing that they were serious about returning to the sixth party agreement. then they made another effort in april -- i'm sorry, february or march in to thousand nine -- in 2009, and you can
, a nuclear test. south korea has called for an emergency session of the security council has been answered. a council diplomat tells cnn that meeting will be held eight hours from now. we are covering this story extensively and getting reaction from around the region. in beijing, and in washington. let's go straight to our correspondent there, we want to start with matthew. the last time he spoke on cnn, there was no reaction from china to this third nuclear blast in north korea. any word now? >> reporter: still no official confirmation here in china that date knowledge this is a nuclear test. although we understand the north koreans say this indeed was a nuclear test, the kind of confirmation we were waiting for. as far as the chinese media are concerned, they have been treating it as an earthquake. the chinese geological survey, the earthquake network center confirmed a quake took place in that part of north korea where they are conducting nuclear tests in the past. also reports on the news agency, the official news agency as well as on chinese television reporting local residents saying
in that region working gether. >> panetta said the united states, south korea and japan will do everything possible to ensure their territories are secu secure. he called on china to avoid antagonizing other nations. the former secretary of state said u.s. officials oppose any unilateral moves aimed at undermining japan's control. >>> as north korea prepares to test another nuclear weapon, t south's top military commander has warned that yan may be trying to develop a hydrogen bomb. the chairman of south korea's joint chiefs of staff was speaking to parliament's defense committee on wednesday. he said the military believes pyongyang may detonated a boosted fission weapon, which has greater explosive power. he said the test may. last mth ia move agast nctis byhe u.n. serityouncil. the test may use highly enriched uranium and that pyongyang may even test two bombs simultaneously. he added that after two previous nuclear tests, the north's missile technology is increasingly sophisticated. resc rescue crews are headed for the solomon islands. the waves washed away dozens of homes. six people d
later in the day. the against the yen is 93.28. in other markets, south korea's kospi is trading higher by tenth of a percent. u.s. president barack obama nominee for secretary of the treasurely is asking lawmakers for bipartisan report. he said this is needed to keep the u.s. economy on the path to recovery. lew spoke to senators on wednesday. he is seeking their approval for his appoint to obama's second term cabinet. he said he's resolved to reduce the nation's huge budget deficit. he asked republicans and democrats to work together. >> we must put our nation back on a path of fiscal sustainability. we cannot allow t harmful cuts known as the sequester to go into effect. these cuts would impose inflected wounds to the recov y recovery. the strong dollar is in the best interest of proting u.s. owth. if confirmed i wldothang ta policy. >> officials in the u.s. will start talk to form a transatlantic free trade agreement. it would create a huge trade block and account for nearly all of global production. the plan was announced in a joint statement on wednesday. they have agreed to laun
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